Dull skin is a common complaint that has more than one cause. If your skin has been looking a little lackluster lately, you may be wondering why. First, know that while your skin may not be as bright as you would like now, there are ways to fix it to achieve a more glowing complexion.
Here is a look at some of the top reasons skin appears dull and what you can do to brighten its appearance without makeup or invasive procedures.
Top Causes of Dull Skin
There may be a single cause of your dull skin, or the dullness may have numerous contributors.
- Excess dead skin cells
One of the most common includes the overabundance of dead skin cells. Each day, your skin sheds millions of skin cells. While most fall off on their own, many need a little nudge. A good cleanser or face wash can do wonders to remove excess dead skin cells.
However, many people fail to follow a daily skin care routine that includes an effective cleansing product. Sometimes, even a cleanser is not enough to remove dead skin cell buildup. In this case, you should follow up with a toner.
Another option is undergoing Microdermabrasion, a safe exfoliation procedure that clears away dirt and dead skin cells resulting in a healthier looking skin. In Cutis Laser Clinics, we include Microderm in our Clarifying and Anti-aging Facial.
- Not enough sleep
Not enough shut eye can also wreak havoc on your skin. The average adult needs between 6 and 8 hours of sleep at night. This is when the body goes into repair mode, essentially detoxifying and rebooting your system.
If you are not reaching the minimum recommended hours, your skin will likely pay the price. Ideally, you want to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night and maintain a regular sleep schedule.
Avoid stimulus that could make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep, such as caffeine and heavy foods.
- Environment pollution
Just being in your environment can make your skin appear dull and lifeless. Your skin has many responsibilities with the biggest being protection against environmental aggressors.
When your skin comes in contact with UV rays and air pollutants, it creates free radicals in the body which can damage collagen and clog pores, resulting in dull skin and an uneven skin tone and texture.
Keeping the skin clean and free of pollutants is key to brightening up your skin. Also avoid other common causes of dull skin, such as stress, hormone imbalances, junk food, dehydration, and lack of exercise. All of these things can lead to dull skin.
How to Brighten Up Your Skin
Using the right skin care daily can do wonders in brightening up your skin. Here are our top three products for you to consider:
- Vitamin C 20% with Ferulic Acid: A super serum like the Vitamin C 20% with Ferulic Acid is an effective way to combat oxidative stress and free radicals. The formula contains a combination of antioxidant actives that work together to achieve a more youthful appearance.
- Hyaluronic Moisturizer with Argeriline and Kojic Acid: This lightweight daily cream is designed to help optimize and balance skin tone and texture. It contains ingredients like Vitamin C, Azelaic, and Kojic Acid which target dullness and reduce hyperpigmentation.
- Clear Defense SPF 45: Prevent your skin from sun damage with this oil free sunscreen is formulated with broad spectrum protection to shield you from UVA and UVB rays which can make your skin look dull and uneven. This fast-absorbing SPF also features a high level of the skin-restoring ingredient called Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) to promote a smoother, clearer complexion.
If your dull skin is getting you down, know that there are solutions. The right products can be highly useful in brightening dull skin for a more vibrant complexion.